The starting salary for this role is £31,262 per annum based on a 36-hour working week.
We are looking for a paralegal to join our supportive and successful in-house legal team in the area of child protection.
The Legal Services Child Care Team are based at Quadrant Court in Woking. However, the Council adopts an agile working policy with flexible working arrangements which includes access to our offices in Reigate and Weybridge combined with remote or home working. We intend to continue working in a flexible manner in the future. The team are very approachable (even when working remotely!) so there will always be someone to provide you with support and discuss matters with.
Our team culture is one which is supportive and engaged. We have regular team away days where we connect and collaborate with one another, leaving us feeling motivated and energised about our roles. Working together with frontline Children's Services to safeguard children, we play a pivotal role in the Council's drive to ensure no one is left behind. If you are interested in developing and enhancing your existing skills whilst undertaking quality and varied work in the area of child protection, we'd love to hear from you.
About the Role
As a paralegal you will:
- Support dedicated fee earners as part of a team
- Have the opportunity to be involved in interesting cases and develop your legal skills as part of a wider team
- Deliver training
- Hold your own cases in accordance with risk profiles
You will have a law degree or equivalent and some experience of working within a legal team. You will be passionate about working as part of a team that delivers timely, clear and effective legal advice, representation and assistance to the Council. Attention to detail, the ability to work effectively in a team and manage competing priorities will be essential.
To be shortlisted for interview, your personal statement must demonstrate experience of, or aptitude for:
- Courteous interaction with clients with exemplary client care,
- Ability to undertake research and present findings with accuracy,
- Working effectively and flexibly as a team,
- Managing competing priorities to strict deadlines.
We can offer you a positive flexible working environment, personal and professional development opportunities, enthusiastic colleagues who are passionate about the work they do and a competitive remuneration package.
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 26th November 2023 with interviews to follow.
From flexible working to job sharing we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit our website.
Surrey County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. A guaranteed interview will be offered to all disabled applications where:
- The candidate has evidenced the minimum criteria for the role through their application
- The candidate has chosen to share that they have a disability on the application form
Our application form and onboarding process will provide an opportunity to request any reasonable adjustments for the interview and/or the role.
We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all underrepresented groups.